Faculty and Staff


Martin AndruckiMartin Andrucki is Charles A. Dana Professor of Theater at Bates College. Prof. Andrucki has directed some fifty productions in academic and professional theaters in the United States and Europe. He is the author of four plays, including Manny’s War, which was nominated for the New Play Award of the American Theater Critics Association. Prof. Andrucki has served as literary advisor and dramaturg of Maine’s two professional theaters, Portland Stage Company and The Public Theatre. The author of seventy articles and essays on classical and contemporary playwrights, he has taught dramatic literature and film studies at Harvard University and performance skills at the University of Maine School of Law. Prof. Andrucki has also taught film and theater in Tokyo, London, Budapest, and Prague, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Hungary. He served as host of Wide Angle, Maine Public Television’s weekly series on Maine filmmakers. A magna cum laude graduate of Columbia University, he holds the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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Carol Farrell

Carol Farrell brings to the Department of Theater and Dance an eclectic professional and academic background in costume design, puppetry arts, and the creation of devised ensemble theater.

Besides earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Dance and in Theater Design, Carol has studied Japanese theater forms and traditional clothing on a fellowship from the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission, and Objectheatre at the Institut International de la Marionnette in France.

She has served on the faculties of the University of Maine Orono, University of Southern Maine, and Lone Mountain College (San Francisco), and has designed costumes for dance and theater companies both here in Maine and California.

From 1982-2011 Carol was Co-Artistic Director of Figures of Speech Theatre, an award-winning actor/puppet/movement theater with an international touring radius. In this position she co-created and produced numerous original theater works, performed extensively worldwide, and developed educational programs for all ages based in the puppetry arts.

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Judy Gailen

Judy Gailen has designed scenery (and sometimes costumes) for theater and opera throughout the U.S. since graduating from the Yale School of Drama in 1989. Her professional design credits include (but are not limited to) productions at La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, Trinity Rep, Portland Stage, Asolo Rep, St. Louis Rep, City Theatre (Pittsburgh), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, George Street Playhouse, Merrimack Rep, Opera Omaha, Anchorage Opera, and Opera Company of Philadelphia, as well as Off- and Off-Off Broadway.

She has been an adjunct lecturer at Bowdoin College since 2000 and has designed for Emerson and Dartmouth Colleges, Princeton University, and the Yale Repertory Theatre. She also directed and designed “The Stooge: A Troubled Clown for Troubled Times” and other works written and performed by her husband, Michael Lane Trautman. Besides designing for theater, she has a background in mime, clowning, and movement theater, and has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator since 1975. Judy was awarded a Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in 2003.

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Cory Hinkle is a playwright and theatre artist.  He has been the recipient of the McKnight Advancement Grant, two Jerome fellowships and a Jerome Travel and Study Grant.  He has received residences from the MacDowell Colony, the Hermitage Artist Retreat, SPACE on Ryder Farm, and Tofte Lake Center.  Most recently, he was a co-writer of That High Lonesome Sound, which premiered at the 2015 Humana Festival.  His other plays include The Killing of Michael X (Jackalope Theatre, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep), The End of Beauty (Cape Cod Theater Project), A Disappearance in Two Parts (HERE Arts Center), and Fissures (lost and found) (2010 Humana Festival).  His play Little Eyes had its world premiere at The Guthrie Theater where Cory has been commissioned twice to write plays for the Guthrie’s BFA students.  SadGrrl13 premiered at the Workhaus Collective, a company he co-ran with eight other playwrights from 2007-2012.  He has devised a number of shows with other artists including Rehearsing Failure (Southern Theatre), Clandestino (Mixed Blood; MAP Fund Grant), and All’s Fair/The War Within (co-created with Dominique Serrand and Steven Epp; Southern Theatre).  His work is published by Playscripts, Dramatic Publishing, Vintage, and Heinemann.  He is a member of The Playwrights Union in Los Angeles and an affiliated artist at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.  MFA, Brown University.  More info at www.coryhinkle.com.

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A professor of theater at Bates College from 1978 to 2013, Paul Kuritz taught acting and directing for the stage and screen, and directed plays and films. Since his directorial debut in 1966, Paul has directed over one hundred plays throughout the United States. In 1990, he was invited to be the first American to teach and direct at the National Theater School in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Paul is the author of Fundamental Acting: A Practical Guide (Applause Theatre Books, 1997), The Making of Theatre History (Prentice Hall, 1987) and Playing: An Introduction to Acting (Prentice Hall, 1982). His latest book, The Fiery Serpent. A Christian Theory of Film and Drama was published in 2006. Paul’s play The Yellow Wallpaper  was included in The Best American Short Plays 2001-2002 (Applause, 2006).

Paul in recent years has studied filmmaking and film directing at the International Film and Digital Video Workshops in Rockport.

His films, “A New Life” (2008) and “Amy’s Wish” (2012) were selected to show in Houston, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and the  Gideon’s Flame Christian Film Festival, in Manila, Philippines.


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Justin Moriarty

Justin Moriarty  has been working as the Assistant Technical Director of the Bates College Theater and Dance Department since 2003. Lighting design for modern dance is on of his favorite artistic challenges. During the summer he is the Director of Peace Camp at One Tree Center in South Portland, Maine. Peace Camp is a place where young children learn how to create performance focused around social justice issues. Justin also volunteers at Long Creek Youth Development Center, working with youth incarcerated in South Portland using the arts as a vehicle for building confidence and self-awareness. Justin is filled with gratitude for being able to stay busy doing what he loves to do, making, and creating.

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Michael Reidy

Michael Reidy is a Theater designer, artist and amateur bird watcher living in Lewiston, Maine. His scenic and lighting design work has been seen in theaters nation wide. From 1993 to 1996, Michael was company member and principle designer for Mad Horse Theater Company in Portland, Maine, designing acclaimed productions of One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, King Lear, and Hamlet. Michael’s design work has been seen at Tennessee Repertory Theater, Disneyland, Ram Island Dance Company, Portland Stage Company, Worchester Foothills Theater, and PORT Opera. In 1996 Michael founded Scenic Solutions, providing specialized fabrication for corporate and not-for-profit clients including Time Warner, The Children’s Museum Of Maine, Cole-Haan, and LL Bean. Michael received the Maine Arts Commission Fellowship for Theater Design in 1997. Other interesting projects from Michael’s life include a permanent exhibit on the cultural history of paganism and witchcraft for the Salem Witch Museum, and touring sets for The Dave Mathews Band and ZZ Top. Michael is currently a Lecturer and Technical Director at Bates College, Department of Theater where he has consulted on and fabricated many projects for William Pope.L, including Blackular, Chocolate Fountain, A Person History On Videotape. When time permits, Michael builds pinhole cameras and produces hand coated non-silver photographic prints. A portfolio of toy camera images shot in Japan was released early in 2008. Michael holds a MFA form California Institute of the Arts, and a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University. In the spring and fall, Michael can often be found scanning the treetops for warblers and listening for the melodious tones of the wood thrush.

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Katalin Vecsey is a Senior Lecturer in Theater and Vocal Director for theatrical productions at Bates College, Maine, U.S.A. She received her doctorate from the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest, Hungary. In addition to Bates, she has taught at Bárczi Gusztáv College and at drama conservatory programs in Budapest. She is experienced in teaching advanced and introductory voice and speech courses, text analysis, stage dialects and voice-over techniques. She has also served as a vocal director for academic and professional theater productions both in the United States and in her native Hungary. Dr. Vecsey is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and the Hungarian Centre of the International Theatre Institute (ITI).

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Sally Wood is a professional director, actor, and fight choreographer.  She received her BA in Theater  from Rollins College and her MFA in Performance from the University of Tennessee. She has trained with Circle in the Square Theater school in New York and internationally with TransARTlantica.

Locally, Sally has directed for Portland Stage Company, Theater at Monmouth, AIRE, and The Fenix Theater Company, where she is also a founding member. In addition to an active career as a director, she has choreographed fights for more than 20 productions. Sally spent ten years as a company member at the Theater at Monmouth, including six years as Artistic Director.  She believes her particular specialties are Shakespeare and teaching people to beat each other up.

Recently, Sally had the great pleasure of working with some living, breathing playwrights, directing four world premieres in the last five years: Last Gas, and Love/Sick by John Cariani, Tom Coash’s Veils (recently named Winner of the 2015 American Theatre Critics Association’s “M. Elizabeth Osborn Award”) and in April 2014, Monica Wood’s Papermaker.

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